The Alentejo Backroads
Clear-water lakes and imposing dams invite you to pedal your way through this charming region, stopping only for a break in a vineyard or a wine and cheese tasting session in a centuries-old cellar.
Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided
Group Size Small Group
Activity Level Easy to moderate
BIKE: Road Bike
DURATION: 7 days
REGION: Northern Alentejo
ACCOMMODATION: Premium (4*/5*)
PRICE: €2.770/pax all year round (July/August/September – on request)
This is Portugal in all its landscape beauty, biodiversity, history and charm. There are few major cities and almost no mass-market tourism facilities here, only warm sun, gentle breezes, the notes of birdsong here and there, and straight, peaceful roads to pedal through and to enjoy your cycling vacations
- 6 nights in double accommodation 6 breakfasts
- 5 lunches at traditional restaurants no drinks included 6 dinners, no drinks included
- Luggage transfer from Hotel-to-Hotel;
- Airport transfers
- Reinforcement Nutrition during the Bike Tour. (Sports Supplementation – Gel, Protein Bar and Mineral Salts) Bike and helmet
- English speaking guides
- Full maintenance and technical assistance during the tour Backpack, water bottle, bike jersey, casual polo and luggage tags with Bike Tours Portugal Logo
- Lunches on day one and day 7 (transfer days)
- Drinks from Lunches and Dinners Extra equipment non-specified as included
- Bike shorts and shoes Air fares
- Transportation service over a 10km radius are subject to an extra quotation Gratuities
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the programme
- SPA treatments
Arrival at Lisbon Airport and transfer* to UNESCO Évora city. Transfer will be made during the afternoon at 15h00.
We’ll be doing a briefing about the Tour, followed by dinner at the Hotel.
*If you intend to arrive to a different Airport or with a different schedule, please contact us to quote and organize your transfer
Accommodation: M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto
Enjoy your breakfast and then meet our team for a day of great cycling! The outskirts of Évora know for having some of the most perfect roads for cycling – it’s normal to find a local group of cyclers enjoying their time and training for their particular cycling sports events.
Besides Cycling, Alentejo is a famous wine region notorious for producing high- quality wines, with ancestral traditions related to wine and wineries and unique landscapes, so today we have scheduled a visit to one of the most famous wineries of Alentejo, which produces the limited edition wine Pera Manca. But before, there’s still time to learn more about such a versatile product like cork, when biking through the cork forests and the traditional villages that survive thanks to this unique industry.
We’ll finalize our Loop ride at your Hotel. Get the rest of the day to enjoy all the amenities of the hotel, for tonight dinner will be held at Degust`AR that has the signature of Chef António Nobre. Make the most of it!
Accommodation: M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto
After the most delicious breakfast, you’re going to cycle through enormous plains and cork trees that extends until the eye can see – feel the warm aroma from the Alentejo and admire the greatness of the Alqueva Lake – “on a clear day you can see forever!”; Once you leave Évora you’ll ride some of the quietest roads of this region.
Our goal for today’s destination is the Herdade do Barrocal – a splendid and charming Wine Resort. Dinner will be dedicated to some of the most traditional dishes of the region.
Accommodation: Herdade do Barrocal Farmstate Hotel & Retreat
Today you’ll cycle along the Alqueva Lake, witnessing two opposite landscapes – the Alentejo yellowish plains and the quietness of the biggest artificial lake of Europe – just imagine the peacefulness. During our loop ride, you’ll be heading to the medieval village of Monsaraz, considered a National Monument and the balcony of the great lake, with its impressive views over the Alqueva Dam and the Spanish border. After a delicious lunch, we continue cycling to the villages of Reguengos de
Monsaraz (European Wine Capital) and to São Pedro do Corval – known as the Pottery center in Portugal. Using some of the most fantastic rolling and quiet backroads in Alentejo, we arrive at your Hotel for some relaxing moments. Dinner will be held at the São Lourenço do Barrocal Farmhouse.
Accommodation: Herdade do Barrocal Hotel and Farm retreat
This is the Queen Stage of the tour, between the villages of Monsaraz and Monforte.
Our aim is to get to Monforte Village, was the charming Torre de Palma Wine hotel is located – the name of this village is a reference to its location on the top of a hill, by the riverside.
We’ll be using the backroads of this region which will lead you to the Serra D’Ossa Mountain Range. A steady climb will let you enjoy the views from the top. Ride through Redondo and this quaint countryside of farmed land and rolling hills all the way to Monforte. Expect very low traffic on the roads and enjoy the scenario of the purple flowers fields that will escort you until lunch. Our lunch will be held in one of the most typical taverns, where the Chef will be joining the table with some interesting stories…and with homemade crafted beer.
Besides the beautiful landscape, the highlight is also the Roman village of Torre de Palma and it’s Roman castle.
Acommodation: Torre de Palma Wine Hotel
Today it’s our last stage, and we’ll be doing a loop ride in the region of Monforte. Enjoy the peacefulness of the rolling hills roads and relax from the last stage, while witnessing the history of the region – the human occupation of this region began in the Neolithic period, with small communities farming and cattle raising.
The Roman civilization had an important influence in these lands leaving a rich patrimonial legacy.
The most emblematic monument is its castle, with four towers, that included the keep and clock towers, four bastions, a cistern, lines of walls marked by gates, most of which are in ruin.
We’ve chosen a very typical restaurant, where you’ll feel like home…a Portuguese home of course! People are genuine and food delicious!
After lunch we’ll return to the hotel, where you’ll treasure the memories of this great Bike Tour.
Accommodation: Torre de Palma Wine Hotel
After Breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to Alentejo. A transfer* will be made to the Lisbon Airport at 10h00.
*If you intend to departure from a different Airport or with a different schedule, please contact us to quote and organize your transfer